People

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Leadership

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Marty Zupan

President & CEO

Marty Zupan is President and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies. She joined IHS …

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Chad Thevenot

Executive Director

Chad has served at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) since October 2004. He is …

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Laura Barnett Cheplak

Senior Director of Operations

Laura Cheplak is the Senior Director of Operations at the Institute for Humane Studies where …

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Jennifer Thompson

Senior Director of Programs

Jennifer K. Thompson is Senior Director of Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies, where …

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Daniel Butler

Director of Development

Dan joined IHS in 2004 after spending 4 years trading ETF’s on the floor of …

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Gary Leff

Chief Financial Officer

Gary Leff is Chief Financial Officer for the Mercatus Center and Institute for Humane Studies …

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Todd Noebel

Senior Director of Hiring and Professional Development

As Senior Director of Hiring and Professional Development, Todd is a consultative advisor on all …

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Todd Hathaway

Senior Director of Information Technology

Todd Hathaway is the Senior Director of Information Technology at IHS and Mercatus, leading the …

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Adam Marcus

Senior Writer

Adam is Senior Grants Writer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He is originally from …

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Alice Calder

Development Associate

Alice Calder is originally from the UK, having recently graduated from the University of Exeter …

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Amanda Brand

Academic Placement Officer

Amanda was Director of Academic Programs from 2002 until 2007, and rejoined IHS in 2012 …

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Amanda Ruetz

Manager of Finance Operations

Amanda Ruetz joined Finance at the Institute for Humane Studies and Mercatus Center at George …

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Amy Mastrine

Email Marketing Assistant

Amy is IHS’s Email Marketing Assistant. She graduated from Penn State University in May 2013 …

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Amy Proulx

Director of Advanced Programs

Ms. Amy Proulx is the Director of Advanced Programs, where she works to develop intensive …

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Ashley Donohue

Research Coordinator

She will complete a PhD in United States History in 2015 and has a Master’s …

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Bethany Erber

On-Campus Education Coordinator

Bethany Erber is the On-Campus Education Director for the Institute for Humane Studies. She is …

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Bill Glod

Philosophy Program Officer

Bill Glod is Program Officer of Philosophy.  He is responsible for mentoring several dozen philosophy …

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Brandon Wasicsko

On-Campus Education Manager

Brandon Wasicsko is the On-Campus Education Manager at the Institute for Humane Studies, supporting the development …

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Braum Katz

Digital Strategy Manager

3 facts about Braum Braum is a pretty good hula hooper Braum plays the African …

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Caroline Neher

Grant Writer

Caroline Neher has written and marketed for several organizations in the technology, energy, and pharmaceutical …

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Cassie Whalen

Writer & Email Coordinator

Cassie Whalen is a Writer and Email Coordinator for the Digital Strategy team. An alumna …

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Chad Thevenot

Executive Director

Chad has served at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) since October 2004. He is …

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Chris Snapp

Find Scholars Assistant

Chris Snapp serves as a Find Scholars Assistant at the Institute for Humane Studies and …

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Christopher Jarvis

Grant Writer

Christopher is a grant writer at the Institute for Humane Studies, where he helps maintain …

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Cory Eucalitto

Online Education Product Coordinator

Cory previously worked for State Budget Solutions, a national organization dedicated to state budget reform, …

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Courtney Derr

Deputy Director of Programs

Courtney Derr is Deputy Director of Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies. She previously …

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Daniel Butler

Director of Development

Dan joined IHS in 2004 after spending 4 years trading ETF’s on the floor of …

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Daniel Contreras

Online Education Assistant

Daniel is the Learn Liberty Online Education Assistant. Before joining IHS he co-founded 2 internet …

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Daniel O’Sullivan

Manager, Desktop and Network Operations

Daniel O’Sullivan joined IHS as a help desk associate in October 2013. Before joining IHS, …

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Daniel Winchester

Online Education Product Coordinator

As the Online Education Product Coordinator at Learn Liberty, Daniel Winchester helps produce and distribute faculty …

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Elisabeth McCaffrey

Producer, Online Education

Liz is a video producer for Learn Liberty, an online education project that aims to …

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Elizabeth Kailey

Director of Finance

Elizabeth is the Director of Finance and oversees the daily financial operations of IHS and …

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Ellen Kellner

Internal Communications Consultant, Executive Assistant

In the early 90’s Ellen joined IHS as the Director of Student Applications, a position …

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Ellen Kim

Office Assistant

Ellen Kim is one of the office assistants for the Institute for Humane Studies. She …

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Emily Birchmier

Academic Networks Manager

Emily is the Academic Networks Manager with IHS and has participated in the Koch Associate Program. …

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Eric Andreasen

Marketing Assistant

Eric is once again contributing to the BSC team. From Fall 2013 to Spring 2014, …

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Eric Heidenreich

Director of Academic Networks

Eric is the Director of Academic Networks at IHS.  In his role, he oversees the …

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Eric Imhoff

Development Database Administrator

Eric Imhoff is a Development Database Administrator at IHS. He is a graduate of Northwood …

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Erin Ashley

Grant Writer

Erin Ashley is a grant writer for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She …

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Gary Leff

Chief Financial Officer

Gary Leff is Chief Financial Officer for the Mercatus Center and Institute for Humane Studies …

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Genevieve Shapiro

Events Management Coordinator

Genevieve Shapiro is an Events Management Coordinator for the Institute for Humane Studies. She graduated from …

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Geoff Gottbrecht

Major Gifts Officer

Geoff Gottbrecht is a Major Gifts Officer for the Institute for Humane Studies.  Prior to …

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Haley Sinklair

Online Programs Assistant

As an Online Programs Assistant, Haley works to mix creativity with liberty to advance a …

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Holly Lennox

Program Measurement & Analytics Coordinator

Holly graduated from Rhodes College in May of 2013, where she received her BA in …

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Ifat Lerner

Deputy Director of Online Programs

Ifat Lerner is Deputy Director of Online Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies, where …

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Jaclyn Boudreau

Video Producer

While working at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health near her home in Massachusetts, …

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James Holcombe

Advanced Programs Assistant

James Holcombe is the Advanced Programs Assistant with the Institute for Humane Studies and a …

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Jeanne Hoffman

Director, Outreach and Opportunities

Jeanne Hoffman is the Director of Talent Management at the Institute for Humane Studies. She …

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Jeff Koo

IT Project Manager

I was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Northern Virginia. I have 10 …

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Jeffrey Pierce

Learn Liberty Web Projects Coordinator

Jeffrey Howard is the Learn Liberty Web Projects Coordinator at the Institute for Humane Studies. …

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Jennifer Thompson

Senior Director of Programs

Jennifer K. Thompson is Senior Director of Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies, where …

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Jerrod A. Laber

Academic Networks Coordinator

Jerrod A. Laber is an Academic Networks Coordinator for IHS, and was a 2013-2014 Koch …

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Jim Johnston

Director of Development Marketing

Jim Johnston is the director of marketing for the Institute for Humane Studies and its …

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John Grover

Development Associate

John Grover is a Development Associate at the Institute for Humane Studies at GMU and …

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Josh Oldham

Academic Network Assistant

Josh joined the IHS Academic Networks team in the Spring of 2015 as a networks …

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Joshua Ammons

Program Measurement & Analytics Assistant

Joshua Ammons joined IHS in September 2014 as an Online Education Intern with the Koch …

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Katherine Forbes

Development Associate

Katherine Forbes is a Development Associate for the Institute for Humane Studies. Prior to joining …

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Kelly Barber

On Campus Coordinator

Kelly Barber graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Florida in …

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Krysti Lloyd

Development Event Manager

Krysti organizes special events aimed to cultivate relationships with IHS supporters, alum and faculty. Prior …

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Laura Barnett Cheplak

Senior Director of Operations

Laura Cheplak is the Senior Director of Operations at the Institute for Humane Studies where …

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Laura Delhomme

Manager, Product Management

Laura has worked at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) since March of 2015. She …

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Leah Hughey

On Campus Manager

Leah Stiles Hughey is a graduate of Regent University with a bachelor’s degree in government. …

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Leigh McAfee

Director of Development Operations

Leigh McAfee is the Director of Development Operations for the Institute for Humane Studies. A …

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Liz Banhegyi

Executive Assistant

Liz Banhegyi is the Executive Assistant to Chad Thevenot and Jennifer K. Thompson.  Liz is …

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Martin Sullivan

On-Campus Programs Assistant

A Cleveland native, Martin graduated from George Mason University in 2011 with a degree in …

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Marty Zupan

President & CEO

Marty Zupan is President and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies. She joined IHS …

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Matt Waters

Major Gifts Officer

Prior to joining the Institute for Humane Studies, Matt served in three direct marketing agencies …

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Melinda Modica

Project Coordinator

Melinda hails from New York City, and earned a BA in economics from Hunter College …

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Michael Buck

IT Project Manager

Michael Buck is an IT Project Manager for IHS.  Before coming to IHS, Michael worked …

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Michael Mayfield

Help Desk Coordinator

Michael is a help desk coordinator at IHS. He is a native son of Mississippi …

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Michelle Kane

Manager of Hiring and Professional Development

Michelle Kane is the Manager of Hiring and Professional Development for the Institute for Humane …

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Nancy Phillips

Major Gifts Officer

Nancy is a Manager of Donor Relations.  She comes to IHS from Randolph-Macon College where …

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Nathan Kelly

Online Education Assistant

Nathan Kelly Graduated from Ohio University in May 2014 having earned a Bachelor of Arts …

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Nigel Ashford

Senior Program Officer

Nigel Ashford is a Senior Programs Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He joined …

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Peter Bregman

Marketing Copywriter

Peter is the Marketing Copywriter at IHS and works with Keri Anderson, Brian Durocher and …

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Phillip Magness

Academic Program Director

Dr. Phil Magness is a policy historian and Academic Program Director at the Institute for …

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Rebecca Moore

Program Measurement & Analytics Coordinator

Rebecca Moore joined IHS in September 2013 as an Educational Programs Intern through the Koch …

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Robert Hassler

Financial Operations Associate

Robert Hasler is a Financial Operations Associate for the Mercatus Center. He graduated from Hillsdale …

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Ruthi Kappes

Marketing Manager

Ruthi is the Institute for Humane Studies’ Marketing Manager. Prior to joining IHS in 2011, she studied …

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Ryan Zinski

Events Management Coordinator

Ryan Zinski joined the Institute for Humane Studies in June, 2011, as a Conference Management …

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Sarah Muse

Senior Development Associate

Sarah Muse  hails from Van Wert, OH  and is a graduate of Ashland University where …

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Sarah Sigler

On-Campus Education Coordinator

Originally from Umatilla, Florida, Sarah earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida State …

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Sarah Straw

Director of Events Management

Sarah Straw is the Director of Events Management for IHS. Part of the Events Management team, she …

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Saria Sheikh

Director of Faculty Relations

Saria Sheikh is the director of Faculty Relations at IHS. In this capacity, Saria conducts …

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Scott Alford

Development Associate

Scott joined the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) in June of 2015 as part of …

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Scott Barton

Senior Director of Online Programs

Scott Barton is Senior Director of Online Programs at the Institute for Humane Studies.  Over the …

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Scott King

Program Manager, Academic Networks

Scott King serves as a program manager for the Academic Networks team. He joined IHS …

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Sloane Shearman

Online Programs Assistant

As a Web Projects Assistant, Sloane incorporates her passions for individual liberty and creativity into …

Sophia Higgins

Finance Associate

Sophia joined IHS in 2014. Previously, she worked with the research team at the Law …

Steven Brownell

Part-time Finance Assistant

Steven Brownell is currently working on his PhD in Economics at George Mason University. Before …

Suzanne Schaefer

Events Management Assistant

Suzanne Schaefer is an Events Management Assistant with IHS. She graduated from Indiana University in …

Thomas Creegan

Academic Networks Assistant

Tommy is the Academic Networks Assistant at Institute for Humane Studies. He holds a BA …

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Tim Hedberg

Video Production and Marketing Coordinator

Tim is the Video Production and Marketing Coordinator at IHS. He graduated from Wheaton College in …

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Todd Hathaway

Senior Director of Information Technology

Todd Hathaway is the Senior Director of Information Technology at IHS and Mercatus, leading the …

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Todd Noebel

Senior Director of Hiring and Professional Development

As Senior Director of Hiring and Professional Development, Todd is a consultative advisor on all …

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Whitney Miller

Payroll and Benefits Specialist

Whitney spent the last 15 years in the hotel hospitality management industry, and most recently …

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Yana Chernyak

Manager of Advanced Programs

Yana Chernyak is the Manager of Advanced Programs at The Institute for Humane Studies. She …

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